Pack streaks past VikesPublished 6:08pm Thursday, February 7, 2013
It was the final home match for Washington seniors Jack Rodman, Ned Batts, David Giordano and Jay Campbell and their Pam Pack teammates made sure the quartet went out winners.
Facing Coastal Conference rivals White Oak, the Pam Pack recorded seven straight pins on Wednesday to sink the Vikings 54-23.
“It’s four of the guys last home match and before they stepped out there we told them this is the last time they will be representing the school here on campus and it will be the last time these people will get to see you wrestle, so you might as well go out there give them a show and they did,” Washington coach Daniel Riggs said.
The Pack put on a primetime performance as it tallied nine pins in the romp.
Jordan Grazier got it started as he led off the match with a pin in the 132-pound division.
Washington would fall behind 10-6 after a forfeit and a loss by Chris Bohn, but struck back with furry as it rattled off seven straight pins.
The streak started with the successful return of two injured wrestlers as Thomas Remick battled back from a shoulder injury and Devon Van Cura recovered from a concussion to earn pins.
Ned Batts and Jay Campbell went out in style as the seniors extended the streak to four and were followed up by Kyle Krajewski, Neil Jennings and Lane Jackson, who each earned pins.
The Pam Pack began the streak down 10-6 to but went up 48-10 when it was over and after the match Riggs attributed the streak to his team’s competitive nature.
“It was nice to see us finally get some pins,” Riggs said. “Remick always gets it started for us and I think Van Cura, Ned and Campbell use it as motivation because they want to one-up the guy in front of them and get the bragging rights.”
The streak came to an end when Washington forfeited in the 106-pound division. After that, Cameron Davenport and Jason Gardner each lost tough matches as the Vikings were able to trim the deficit to 48-23.
The night ended appropriately for the Pam Pack as senior Giordano was able pin his opponent in the final match of the meet.
When the match was over Riggs praised the contributions made to the program by seniors Giordano, Rodman, Batts and Campbell.
“There’s a lot of leadership there, it’s going to be hard to replace them,” Riggs said. “They were there every day working their tails off. If me or the other coaches were late they would be the ones starting practice and get things ready. They were very reliable.”